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Public warned to prepare for more load shedding

Eskom says there's a high risk of rolling blackouts later in the week and possibly over the weekend.

FILE: The country experienced a second consecutive weekend of rolling blackouts at the weekend.Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Eskom says despite a huge effort to prevent load shedding, the utility may have no choice but to cut power once again.

It says there's a high risk of rolling blackouts later in the week and possibly over the weekend.

Eskom has been battling with increased demand due to a shortage of diesel and water reserves for the gas turbines and water pumps as well as several problems at its Majuba Power Station in Mpumalanga.

The country experienced a second consecutive weekend of rolling blackouts at the weekend and the possibility of a third weekend in the dark is now highly likely.

Last month, a coal silo at Majuba collapsed which led to rolling blackouts across the country.

The weekend blackouts were due to general upkeep measures at the Cahora-Bassa hydroelectric power station in Mozambique.

South Africa imports a portion of its electricity from the scheme

The power grid is under pressure once again because the gas turbines and pump storage facilities are operating at a maximum level due to limited generating capacity.

Customers have once again been urged to use electricity sparingly as Eskom tries to keep the lights on, especially during the week when businesses operate.

ELECTRICITY RESTORED IN RUSTENBURG

Electricity has been restored to Rustenburg this afternoon after a major outage which left most of the town without power for several hours.

It's understood a member of the electrical unit in Rustenburg was suspended and municipal workers then switched off the main power line in protest.

The municipality's Lebogang Makete says they're still investigating the cause of the outage.

"We'll issue a statement once we know what caused the power cut."